Do you know the greatest artist of 400 years ago? The genius transcends cultures and centuries. : HASEGAWA TOHAKU: 400th Memorial Retrospective
HASEGAWA Tohaku : national tresure “Shorin-zu byobu” (right) in Tokyo national museum
This is tense and modern painting. Only black and white depict trees daringly. Do you believe that it is 400 years old?
HASEGAWA Tohaku : important cultural property “Koboku enkoh zu” (right) in Ryozen-an
HASEGAWA Tohaku is the greatest Japanese painter, born in 1539. He started his career as a painter of Buddhist paintings. He had a strong rivalry with the mainstream, as he pursued his own style.
HASEGAWA Tohaku : important cultural property “U-ro zu byobu” (right) in Kawamura kinen museum
He learned Chinese ink-wash painting eagerly. Shorin-zu is his masterpiece using the ink-wash style, though, he had shown his ability in luxurious paintings. The delicate and elegant paintings are just beautiful.
HASEGAWA Tohaku : national tresure “Kaede-zu kabe haritsuke” (right) in Chishakuin
The special exhibition of HASEGAWA Tohaku commemorates the 400th anniversary of his death. It is the largest exhibition of HASEGAWA Tohaku and it contains 3 national treasures.
The exhibition is held in the Tokyo national museum and the Kyoto national museum. You can not understand Japanese painting without this exhibition!